Severely cracked heels are called fissures. Dry skin causes cracked heels, and fissures can bleed and become infected. There are many reasons to have dry skin on the heels. These can include wearing shoes that are backless, or from medical conditions such as a thyroid disorder or diabetes. The skin on the heels can crack as the aging process occurs, or from damaged nerves that are unable to sweat. Fissures can be painful, and medical treatment is often sought that may help to stop any infection. Many people enjoy soaking their feet in warm water for several minutes, followed by applying a good moisturizer on them. This process can be completed by wearing clean cotton socks, which can protect the heel. If you have heel fissures, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe medicated cream that can effectively treat cracked heels and fissures.
If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.
Ways to Help Heal Them
- Invest in a good foot cream
- Try Using Petroleum Jelly
- Ease up on Soaps
- Drink Plenty of Water
Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels
- Moisturize After Showering
- Skip a Shower
- Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
- Don’t Scrub Your Feet
If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.